DIY Pallet Fish Drink Coasters

I'm so excited about today's project! As you may have seen, I've been working on decorating my outdoor deck. I'm going with a blue theme and when I found a set of gorgeous fish plates that match, I was over the moon! 

wooden mini pallet fish coasters

I've made several accessories to go with my deck decor including this easy to make tray that was repurposed from an old sign. 

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blue topped lantern and outdoor furniture

And that lantern... go ahead and ask, I found 4 of them on the side of the road! 

They've been several colors in the past couple of years but I'm staying with the blue to match the deck for now. 

And the fish plates that were found at Target, had a matching tea towel I turned into an easy pillow.

I didn't even mention the napkins... they also sold a set of matching fish paper cocktail napkins and I'm using one today to decorate coasters. 

fish cocktail napkins

I made these drink coasters a while back and you can visit this post to read all about it. 

wooden pallet coasters

If you don't want to make your own coasters, Dollar Tree sells some adorable little pallets you can use for this project. 

First, I painted the top of my coasters with a light teal color

wooden coasters painted teal

You can skip this step but I had another design on these that I wanted to cover. 

When the paint dried I coated the coaster with matte Mod Podge

I peeled the top decorative layer off the paper napkin and laid it onto the coaster. 

top layer of napkin

I made sure to tear the napkin along the spaces in the coasters too. 

Mod Podged napkin with tears at wood splits

I coated the napkin with another coat of Mod Podge and let it dry. 

Another technique is to put Mod Podge down on the back of the box, let the Mod Podge dry, then use parchment paper and the mini iron to reactivate the Mod Podge.

decoupaging with Mod Podge on fish coasters

When the Mod Podge was dry I used a large emery board to sand the edges of the napkin and between the spaces. 

fish pallet coasters and an emery board for sanding

This removed all the overhanging napkin from the coaster.

When my coaster was completely sanded, I used a piece of parchment paper to cover the coaster then ironed the top of the coaster using this adorable little craft iron

mini iron and parchment paper

Truth be told I've used this little craft iron on clothing touch ups when I was too lazy to pull out the big iron. 

Ironing the top of the coaster when the Mod Podge is dry reactivates the Mod Podge and smooths out all the wrinkles. 

I love that tip, it works so well! 

Lastly, I sprayed the coasters with a coat of spray sealer to make them last

fish decoupaged wooden drink coasters

So here are the awesome pallet fish coasters that now match my outdoor decor! 

teal drink cup on fish drink coaster

Of course you can use any decorative napkin to make your pallet coasters match your home. 

I just love them and I'm going to use them all the time with my matching fish plates

fish coasters on a wooden table

These would make great gifts for Mother's Day or any occasion! 

stack of wooden fish coasters

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Napkin Decoupaged Drink Coasters

Decoupaged drink coasters made with dollar store small pallets.


  • dollar store mini pallets
  • cocktail napkins
  • Mod Podge
  • parchment paper
  • sand paper 
  • spray sealer


  1. Coat the pallet wood with Mod Podge
  2. Separate napkin into layers and use the layer with the design
  3. Lay the napkin on the Mod Podge and gently press it down
  4. Coat the top of the napkin with Mod Podge
  5. Let the Mod Podge dry
  6.  Sand the edges of the napkin with a nail file or sandpaper to finish off the edges of the coaster.
  7. Use a spray sealer to protect your project. 
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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .